Dec 29, 2012 11:00am PST
and starting next week, you and i could see our paychecks cut as payroll taxes go up and that could be just the beginning. the clock at the bottom right of your screen there might as well have a blaringa, large on it because come midnight monday if lawmakers have not found the fiscal cliff solution you're going to hear a whole heck of a lot of noise. let's get straight to washington. nbc's kristen welker at the white house and luke russert is tracking developments at capitol hill and nbc news senior political editor mark murray is here to break it down for us from the washington bureau. we will start with kristen. last we heard, kristen welker, the president came out to report that he is modestly optimistic. has the rhetoric changed at all today? >> reporter: it has changed a little bit. the president is still modestly optimistic, but i just spoke with a democratic source who tells me at this hour a deal is looking doubtful. of course, we want to underscore the fact that these negotiations are very fluid so that characterization could change at any moment, but it seems as though the di
Dec 29, 2012 12:00pm PST
taxes are only days away unless congress acts. one step forward, two steps back. president obama and republican lawmakers have been dancing that waltz for six weeks now, but the music stops when the countdown clock at the bottom of your screen runs out. so where do fiscal cliff talks stand at this critical hour? nbc's kristen welker is on the north lawn and luke russert are both following developments this saturday afternoon. kristen, i'll start with you. any indication at this particular point as to what's happening behind closed doors this afternoon? >> reporter: well, i think most of the action is going on in the hill where staffers with majority leader reid and minority leader mcconnell are trying to conjure up some last-minute deal and this plan would not be the grand bargain that john boehner started initially working on. that plan would have dealt with tax reform and deficit reduction and this will be a much more scaled back version that will deal with the issue of taxes and that is still the big sticking point, taxes. of course, democrats and president obama have called f
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am PST
want to p protect the wealthiest estates from any changes of the estate tax because they will have to give something on the rates, and they want to push the threathold of the rate increase as high as they could and go back to the $400,000 that they were offered from the president before. >> right. >> and all of that is absolutely true, and also in addition, what we are looking at of course is the poll numbers. when you talked, i thought it was brilliant that you said that we are the cop tes tantntestant the reality when you look at the republican actions in particular, and the republican actions are polling 20% approval and the president is polling 50% approval, but the 20% approval is about the action on the cliff and not how they play in their individual districts. so when you travel around the country, and i have been to e tea party country in arizona, et cetera, there is a huge incentive for some of the more junior members of congress to stand their ground. it doesn't have to do with the fiscal math of the country, but it has to do with the electoral math of the home districts. >>
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am PST
don't care about your tax policy, you are not a moderate. >> we were not talking abortion. we had birth control on the table. >> i say this to my friends. i felt they were trying to kill me with women's policies. i'm one of those freaky people that takes birth control medicinely. i take nothing else prescription. that is all i take. so, they don't want me to take my birth control. if i get knocked up, it will kill me like shelby from "steel magnolias" but they won't let me have an abortion. apparently, birth control is 99.8% successful. i did get knocked up. i had a miscarriage but i still had to have an abortion. they would want you to wait until you went septic like the woman did in ireland. their goal was to kill me. i talked to my sisters and we decided to sink them first. >> seriously, to sink them first. when we look at the numbers, what happened? when there are ways to read the outcomes, basically women voters in this election, i think didn't feel the sense of trying to be killed, but when you saw women overall chose president obama over mitt romney, 55 to 44. there you go.